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Old 11-24-2006, 08:24 AM   #1
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Hello fellow streamers,

We just purchased our 2001 Bambi 19 footer from a fellow streamer in California and drove her back to our home in Hunt, Texas, home of our Airmadillo. TV is a Chevy Avalanche. She tows great. We didn't use sway bars or load equalizers and really had no problems. Anyone out there think that we should consider these items for towing anyway?

We are thrilled with our purchase and will attend our first rally this weekend. Looking forward to meeting many new air campers.
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Old 11-24-2006, 08:59 AM   #2
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Hi Booker1944 -- and welcome to the Forums! That sounds like a nice Bambi and interesting ride back home. And home is one of the most beautiful places on earth! Swimming in the Gwardloop was a favorite fascination of mine as a kid (that's Guadalupe River to the rest of you, but I had to get y'all pronouncing it like a local ). The limestone river bed and cliffs are unique. Home was San Antonio and we had many kin around Blanco. Check the rally calendar -- there is a Christmas season gathering at Blanco State Park I think it is. Come back often!

[on edit: I almost forgot. Our extended family is too large for my mom's house. We celebrated her birthday last month in a cabin at Mo-Ranch just north of you. I love the hill country!]
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Old 11-24-2006, 09:35 AM   #3
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A big Forums welcome to Booker1944. You will find some great Airstream information here.

Your towing combination of a 19 footer and an Avalanche is very adaquate. You might consider some sort of stabilization hitch (Blue Ox, Reese, Equalizer, etc.) for better control in a swerve or hard braking situation.

Also, check out the 2007 Florida Can Opener Rally on these forums. It is being held in the Florida Panhandle on the first weekend of the new year. I realize that it's a little far from Hunt, but, then again, that new Bambi needs some serious road time. We would love to see you there.
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Booker, I would recommend an equalizer hitch and sway control. They will certainly give you more saftey margine if you get into trouble like heavy braking and/or manuvering to avoid a accident. They also will improve control under wet slippery condtions.
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Booker, I would recommend an equalizer hitch and sway control. They will certainly give you more safety margin if you get into trouble like heavy braking and/or manuvering to avoid a accident. They also will improve control under wet slippery condtions.
Oh... I missed this part of Booker's post. [note to self: less turkey next year] Absolutely & positively you must use WD gear & antisway. Without WD you may easily be exceeding your Avalanche's rear axle weight rating.

Antisway is like a spare parachute while skydiving -- it seems unnecessary 99 percent of the time, but that occasional event will take you perilously close to a catastrophe. Avoid cheapo friction units. Google on Equal-i-zer -- many hits. That's a good unit.
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Old 11-24-2006, 12:04 PM   #6
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She tows great. We didn't use sway bars or load equalizers and really had no problems. Anyone out there think that we should consider these items for towing anyway?.
hello booker and welcome to the forums and airstream'n...

yes, to answer the question quoted above....

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ol-17986.html?

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Old 11-24-2006, 06:06 PM   #7
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Yes, you need Sway Control!

I am 58 years old and have had only ONE blowout in all my years of driving. It was the rear roadside tire on my suburban, while towing my 25ft FB SE up a 7% grade in West Virginia. I pulled calmly to the side praying, please don't let it tear up the wheel well in the A/S.... Then discovered it was the tow vehicle's tire.

The only thing I lost control of was my pulse rate. I give 100% credit for coming to a controlled stop to my Reese dual cam hitch.

Had I been towing with just ball & chain, and no weight distribution odds are it would have been a rollover accident or at a minimum a fishtail. I would have been very lucky to keep the "shiny side up" on both vehicles. The Airstream acted as a big ANCHOR holding the Suburban straight, and the weight transfer actually transferred some of the vehicle's weight to the TRAILER's tires while I slowed and moved to the right hand berm.

I've only been Airstreaming 2 years, and occasionally I've moved between local campgrounds (10 miles... 30-40 mph maximum, light traffic) without hooking up the dual cam. At that speed, I barely noticed a difference. After West Va. where the W/D hitch demonstrated what it actually does, I've never driven without it.

Safety doesn't happen by accident, buy a decent W/D hitch.

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Old 11-24-2006, 06:47 PM   #8
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Well you are in for a treat. Take a listen to the vintage Airstream podcast. The latest eposode 32 is getting hitched and has all the answers to weight distribution and sway control and Reese's dual cam which we use and trust. We don't use the reindeer on the interstate.

http://www.thevap.com/
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We drove 350 miles back from southern Wisconsin yesterday. We were passed by two different International medium trucks delivering new Coachmen RVs. Each truck had a Coachmen on its flatbed and a Coachmen in tow (all trailers looked to be about 23' length). Long story short? Even such a beefy tow vehicle had antisway/WD gear engaged on the towed trailers.
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Old 11-26-2006, 03:00 PM   #10
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Hello booker1944

sometime ago there was a thread about a guy towing a new Bambi with a suburban with no sway control or anything .He said he had a blowout
some say he fell asleep .Anyway, the front rounded corners of the bambi were smashed in from the violent sway /fishtailing that took place .The trailer
looked like it had been thrown into the back of the suburban like it was floating around behind it .Any way ,get the right equipment as soon as you
can ,don't tow without it .Many good hitch setups out there ,Reese ,is a favorite .I use the round bar and friction sway control ,works just fine.

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Old 11-26-2006, 05:43 PM   #11
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Booker 1944..welcome to the Forum. A 19 ft Bambi was our first love. We could not locate one in New York State. Great choice. You will have fun. And many on this site have the answers for you.
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Old 11-26-2006, 06:13 PM   #12
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Hey! Welcome to the forums! I Like your name...Airmadillo. Mine is the Alumadillo. We are like just like an armadillos, carrying their homes around with them.
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